Printing House Square, London. 1953. xii, 195 pages + colophon. Large folio (51 x 34 cm). Black cloth with title gilt on spine, and The Times ”clock” device on upper cover. Spine ends little rubbed. 6 facsimiles, folio, loosely inserted. Illustrated with upwards of fifty facsimiles of pages and many line engravings &c. With corrections in pencil about Ionic and Excelsior on page 165 by WT (for sure it’s Walter Tracy).
Planned, edited, and largely written by Morison. The text is set in the large 24-point Times New Roman. The plates, both colour and black & white , were printed collotype at the Chiswick Press. This first edition was limited to 250 copies; ”the printing…was begun on April 13 and finished on April 17 and the book published on April 27” (From the colophon).
Morison himself regarded this massive book as one of his best efforts. It was certainly one of the most impressive pieces of printing to come from The Times Printing Office. (Appleton 187).